• Pugad Lawin provides HF radio for batanes

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    LUCENA CITY, Quezon: Batanes province is set to receive a high frequency radio unit from Pugad Lawin, a non-government organization, for its line of communications to remain open, particularly during emergencies. Rolly Ramirez, Pugad Lawin national president, said they chose Batanes because it is very remote and close to the open seas. He added that the radio would be essential whenever a calamity such as a typhoon strikes. Ramirez said they will deliver the communication equipment within the month, weather permitting. The HF radio will be turned over to the Batanes Risk Reduction Management Council. Compared to VHF, the HF radio is difficult to jam and will stay connected with the National Telecommunications Commission line in Metro Manila even when normal communication lines are down. It would not be dependent on electricity because the unit comes with a solar panel charging system. Ramirez said the HF radio equipment was funded by members’ donations.

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